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Training Pathways

Adventure education can take on many different forms and is often overwhelming when you first begin your journey. If you’re just starting out, or you consider yourself an adventure education professional, we’ve designed training paths for you to explore and to enhance your professional career.

Not every piece of every path will work for everyone, so call us to find the right path for you.

Click on each path below to expand a list of workshops in an order that we think would be a good fit for each practitioner.

If you would like a custom training solution designed around you and your site’s needs, check out our Custom Workshop offerings!

Challenge Course Practitioner Certification Path

As an Association for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) Professional Vendor Member (PVM), Project Adventure’s services meet or exceed ACCT’s Practitioner Certification Standards. Project Adventure, Inc. is an accredited certifying body in compliance with ACCT’s PVM requirements. We offer three Practitioner Certifications (PC): Level 1, Level 2, and Course Manager. Our Open Enrollment Workshops are intended to prepare a practitioner for the written and practical exam.

Note: PA’s requirements for training hours/days and facilitation experience exceed the minimum required by ACCT for each certification (PCL1, PCL2, and CM). Each Level is broken down into the trainings and experiences required to take PA’s Certification Exam. Project Adventure only offers Full Certification (Spotted/Low Elements and High Elements combined).

Level One Path

Start: No previous Challenge Course experience
Step 1: Attend Adventure Programming (4 days or 40 hours) Open Workshop workshop.
Step 2: Work on a challenge course under the supervision of a senior staff to gain experience. Minimum of 25 days (200 hours) of course experience needed before testing. Begin Challenge Course portfolio. Visit the ACCT site for a link to an example portfolio.
Step 3: Attend Technical Skills Intensive (3 days or 30 hours) Open Enrollment workshop.
Step 4: Confirm Project Adventure certification requirements have been met for Level 1:

  • 7 days/70 hours of training (this can be a combination of in-house and professional training)
  • 25 days / 200 hours of course experience

Step 5: Apply for Practitioner Certification Level 1 Exam
Step 6: Level 1 Certification is good for 1 year. Begin working on Level 2 requirements.
*Practitioners with only low elements should visit the Facilitation Path, or contact us at 978.524.4554 for more information on your next steps forward.



Level Two Path

There are pre-requisites of the Level One trainings and experience prior to attending the Level 2 Advanced training course. In-house training can substitute for some of this but professional training by a PVM is encouraged.
Step 1: Complete Level One requirements for training and experience.
Step 2: Attend Advanced Skills & Standards (4 days or 40 hours) Open Enrollment workshop.
Step 3: Confirm Project Adventure certification requirements have been met for Level 2:

  • 11 days/110 hours of training (this can be a combination of in-house and professional training)
  • 100 days / 800 hours of course experience

Step 4: Apply for Practitioner Certification Level 2 Exam
Step 5: Level 2 Certification is good for 3 years.  Keep training current and prepare for Course Manager if applicable to your situation.



Challenge Course Manager Path

Step 1: Complete Level Two requirements for training and experience.
Step 2: Attend Adventure Program Management (3 days or 30 hours) Open Enrollment workshop./
Step 3: Confirm Project Adventure certification requirements have been met for the Challenge Course Manager:

  • 14 days / 140 hours of training (this can be a combination of in-house and professional training). At least 30 hours of management training 16 of which shall be specific to challenge course management.
  • 200 days / 1600 hours of course experience

Step 4: Apply for Challenge Course Manager Exam
Step 5: Challenge Course Manager Certification is good for 5 years.
*Not everyone must achieve a certification. Contact us at 978.524.4554 for more details on what the best options are for you.


For more information on ACCT and the certification standards, see the Association for Challenge Course Technology website.

Skills Verification is another option for your site while preparing for certification. Contact us at 978.524.4554 for more information.

Physical Education Path

This pathway is specific to educators in the physical education field who want to bring more adventure into their curriculum, want to expand on the activities they already do, and/or evolve their way of linking a healthy lifestyle to their students’ in-school experience. Each of these workshops provides participants with sequenced curriculum that includes detailed lesson plans that are aligned to the NASPE Standards for Physical Education. Also, if your school has a ropes course, visit the Challenge Course Practitioner Certification Path.

Adventure Curriculum for Physical Education

Achieving Fitness: An Adventure Approach

Creating Healthy Habits

Debriefing Tools for PE

School and Social Emotional Learning Path

Building a strong and healthy community is a complex task which can be made easier using the tools acquired in this training path. Positive school culture enhances the ownership that faculty, staff, and students have in their academic institution. The social emotional competencies introduced and practiced in the workshops below will help transform your students into leaders in their communities.

Improving Social Skills through Adventure

Adventure in the Classroom

Therapeutic Path

Adventure does not have to operate solely on a challenge course or in a classroom as many counselors or those who work with youth at risk might already know. By following the therapeutic path, participants will learn how to create healthy environments in any setting that encourage group participation and growth while learning about themselves through adventure based activities.

Adventure Based Counseling

Adventure with Youth at Risk

Advanced Processing Skills

Camp Staff Path

Whether your facility has a challenge course with low, high, or both types of elements, or a high number of new or returning staff, our training paths will prepare all participants to lead engaging summer programs. This is an opportunity to refresh the games, initiatives, and elements you know and love, or it could be a method to develop yourself professionally as you move toward possible certification.
*Depending on the size and scope of your course, staff in a management role might require additional training. Call us at 978.524.4554 for more information!

Low Ropes Only:

First Year Staff
Adventure Institute for Camp Staff (AICS)

AICS: Facilitation Skills and Low Elements

Returning Staff
Adventures in Low Elements
-OR-
Portable Adventure


Low and High Ropes:

First Year Staff
Adventure Institute for Camp Staff (AICS)

AICS: Facilitation Skills and Low Elements
AICS: High Element Facilitation

Returning Staff

Adventures in Low Elements
-OR-
Technical Skills Intensive

*If you would like a Project Adventure trainer to come to your site to deliver training to your staff, please contact us at 978.524.4554. This is especially advantageous if you have more than six staff who need training.

Facilitation Path

Adventure doesn’t always happen on the ropes course. As a facilitator, there is always room in your toolbox for more tools, especially those that allow for in-depth processing. We know that dynamics shift in groups at a moment’s notice, so we want you to be prepared with new and innovative options to engage your group in meaningful ways that will ultimately meet your intended goals.

Portable Adventure

Adventures in Low Elements (for those with only low elements on their course)

Debriefing Tools for PE

Adventure Facilitation Skills

Advanced Processing Skills

Graduate Degree, PDPs and CEUs Path

Any workshop Project Adventure offers can be taken for graduate credit at either Plymouth State University or Salem State University. For more information, click here.

In addition, any workshop Project Adventure offers can be taken for Professional Development Points (PDPs) or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). For more information, contact us at registration@pa.org or 978.524.4638.

If you can’t find a path that works for you, we can customize any of our workshops to your site and your needs. Please contact us at registration@pa.org or 978.524.4638 for more information.